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change to the previous working directory

Terminal - change to the previous working directory
cd -
2009-02-04 22:41:21
User: systemj
Functions: cd
578
change to the previous working directory

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Terminal - Alternatives
cd -
2012-07-04 22:34:47
User: Blaskovic
Functions: cd
Tags: cd
0

as alternative to cd $OLDPWD

cd $OLDPWD
2012-04-16 21:18:27
User: khopesh
Functions: cd
Tags: cd
-2

This is like `cd -` but doesn't echo the new directory name, which is preferable (to me) for an alias, e.g.

alias cdo="cd $OLDPWD"
cd -
2013-05-07 14:50:18
User: techie
Functions: cd
Tags: cd
-7

if you cd into a directory then cd into another directory somewhere else then you run the cd - command you will go to the previous directory you was in!! To go back to the other directory just run it again. So if you are working in 2 different directories then this is the perfect command for you.

cd -

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cd ./-

if you want to change to a dir named '-'

Comment by eneville 337 weeks ago

if you like this also look into pushd/popd. it's in the bash man page i think.

Comment by alexfoo 335 weeks and 5 days ago

pushd/popd are cool but a bit obscure ... "cd -" is straightforward !

Comment by CodSpirit 334 weeks ago

always used pushd/popd for this till now.. but this is awesome =)

Comment by unixmonkey2498 332 weeks and 3 days ago

comes in handy :)

Comment by chanux 332 weeks and 1 day ago

Wow! Using Unix/Linux for 18 years, and only TODAY found this bit of info about so very common command - cd ! Amazing!

Comment by vleolml 325 weeks and 1 day ago

why not just "cd .." ???

Comment by wrongloop 324 weeks and 5 days ago

I've got to remember that one. "cd .." doesn't work for that if the last cd command was "cd ~/foo" rather than "cd bar".

Comment by codetinker 324 weeks and 3 days ago

"cd .." goes to the previous directory in the tree, "cd -" goes to the previous _working_ directory.

Comment by sedcommand 316 weeks and 2 days ago

how about "cd $OLDPWD" ? need to just type in "cd $OL" and tab. bash will take care of the rest :)

Comment by ninadsp 310 weeks ago

Oh my god, I have been flubbing with pushd/popd (only work if you know ahead of time) for .. decades. I didn't even know this existed. Damn.

Comment by cj_ 297 weeks and 2 days ago

Seems ?

cd --

? jumps to the ~/ directory?

Comment by hced 206 weeks and 4 days ago

I was always wondering if something like a "cd history" like this existed. Thanks.

But it only remembers the *last* working dir. Is there no way to use it as a stack? Like with pushd/popd? But more automatic?

I was already thinking about aliasing "cd" to "pushd . && cd", but that seems a bit wonky...

Comment by exhuma 172 weeks and 2 days ago

The zsh config "setopt AUTO_PUSHD" automatically pushes to dir stack, and I've aliased "p=popd" so at any point I can type "p" to navigate up my working directory history.

Comment by cec 134 weeks ago

I use a little script I threw together where you can bookmark the current directory with a short name.

https://github.com/olafurw/olafurw-home/blob/master/tools/qwe.sh

Found it to be quite handy with large structures. It simply creates .qwe.data in your home folder with the tag and the path.

Comment by olafurw 110 weeks and 6 days ago

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